NATO and Ukraine start major defence procurement review

  • 18 Mar. 2024 -
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  • Last updated: 18 Mar. 2024 10:24

A conference marking a new phase in NATO’s partnership with Ukraine will take place in Luxembourg this week. Delegates from NATO and Ukraine will meet to discuss modernising Ukraine’s defence procurement processes to make them faster, more sustainable and more transparent. Stacy Cummings, General Manager of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, will open conference proceedings and speakers include Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Defence Dmytro Klymenkov and Tom Goffus, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Operations.

Improving defence procurement remains a top priority for Ukraine and NATO is committed to assisting with this process to ensure it is aligned with Allied best practices. NATO will continue to support Ukraine to the maximum extent, at every stage.

The NATO-Ukraine Strategic Defence Procurement Review forms part of the Alliance’s Comprehensive Assistance Package – an initiative launched in 2016 to support Ukraine's ability to bolster its own security and to implement wide-ranging reforms. The Review, championed by Norway and conducted at the request of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, is being led by subject-matter experts from across NATO and Ukraine in close collaboration with NATO’s procurement agency. 

The purpose of the review is to help Ukraine reform its defence procurement system and align it with NATO best practices and standards. Its recommendations will promote greater accountability, transparency and interoperability, helping to pave the way for Ukraine’s future membership of the Alliance. This week’s conference represented the beginning of the first phase of the Review which involves the establishment of working groups to develop a set of policy recommendations to be endorsed at the Washington summit in July.